St.Kitts Opposition leader and disgraced and ousted Ex Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas announced this past week that he is in Dubai on a working visit. The announcement did not indicate whether Douglas was in Dubai working on behalf of interestes in Dominica where he holds a Diplomatic passport, or on St.Kitts.
During the course of the last week, according to various media reports Dr. Douglas met with a number of economic citizens, agents, investors and developers from Europe and the Middle East, who have shown interest in investing in St. Kitts – Nevis which has shown tremendous growth and development over the past 4 years and Dominica which is recovering from the devastation of recent hurricanes.
Since his ouster as Prime Minister in 2015 Dr. Douglas has been one of the biggest critics of the SKN CBI Programme. The programme which he oversaw and which reached it’s lowest ebb under his watch when in 2014 the government of both Canada and the United States severely condemned Dr. Douglas’ management of the programme. Both countries took drastic actions with Canada removing it’s visa waiver for SKN Citizens and the US Issuing an International Fincen Advisory. Both governments cited the mismanagement of the programme as the main reason for their decisions.
Prime Minister Dr. Hon. Timothy Harris took over the oversight of the programme in 2015 after Dr. Douglas was booted out of office. PM Harris has been praised for the significant strides the programme has made since then. Despite it’s imperfections the programme is once again the best of it’s kind in the Caribbean region and it is ranked once again among the world’s best. Despite the significant improvement in the programme over the last few years Opposition Leader Douglas has growingly become the programmes biggest critic. While the world lauds the renewed platinum brand status of the St.Kitts-Nevis programme Dr. Douglas stands almost alone as the programme’s most fierce critic. HThis position is not sitting well with citizens of St.Kitts-Nevis. The situation was made even worst when it was revealed that Dr. Douglas holds a passport of Dominica and is an active player in the promotion of the CBI Programme of that country. Dr. Douglas’ unpatriotism has come in for widespread condemnation.
Dr. Douglas, in an affidavit filed in the High Court Registry on February 21, 2018, admitted to holding a diplomatic passport of the Commonwealth of Dominica (DP 0000462), which he has used to travel on April 23, 2016. Dr. Douglas also admitted to filling out and signing an application form for the diplomatic passport he holds, which is valid until July 29, 2020.